Federal Grant to Support Re-Hiring 17 Laid Off Firefighters
Washington, DC, 26 January 2011 — Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) yesterday announced the Yonkers Fire Department has been awarded a $4,846,034 federal grant to re-hire 17 firefighters who had been laid off due to budget shortfalls.
“I am thrilled the Yonkers Fire Department will benefit from this federal grant, which will help ensure we have the personnel necessary to keep our community safe,” said Lowey.
“It is particularly important that this federal grant has come through at a time of high unemployment, because it will directly create jobs in our community.” Lowey is the sole New Yorker on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. She wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in September 2010 in support of Yonkers’ grant application.
The Yonkers Fire Department applied for these funds to re-hire 17 firefighters who were previously laid off due to budget shortfalls. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response program (SAFER)is a funding initiative designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness.
The goal of any SAFER grant is to enhance the ability of grantees to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing and to assure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards. The objective of the program is to award grants directly to volunteer, combination, and career fire departments to help the departments increase the number of frontline firefighters, and to rehire firefighters who were laid-off due to the economy.